Guide to the Arms Control Collection

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Guide to the Arms Control Collection

The Arms Control Collection consists of indexes, yearbooks, handbooks, bibliographies, monographs and serials dealing with arms control, disarmament, and international security. The collection does not represent all of the library's holdings on these subjects; additional materials on these subjects are available throughout libraries on campus, and the call numbers listed below will help you find materials on the shelves. In addition, the Library has a large number of electronic (e-) books and journals. E-books can be found in the Online Library Catalog and e-journals can be found in the Online Journals & Databases.


Call Numbers | Articles & Journal Databases | Directories | Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks | Bibliographies | Annuals & Yearbooks | Jane's Annuals



Call Numbers

Call numbers are groups of numbers and/or letters that classify library items by subject. Items are arranged on bookshelves by call number. The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) uses both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.









358 Air and Other Specialized Forces and Warfare; Engineering and Related Services UG622-1435 (air forces); UG1500-1530 (military astronautics)
327 International Relations JZ2-6530 
356-357 Land Forces and Warfare UD1-495 (infantry);  UE1-500 (cavalry)
623 Military and Nautical Engineering

UG1-620 (military engineering); VM595-989 (marine engineering) 

355 Military Science U1-900 
629 Other Branches of Engineering T (general engineering); TA-TN (specific branches of engineering)
359 Sea (Naval) Forces and Warfare  V1-995 (general naval science); VA-VM (specific topics within naval science)
303.6 Social Processes Conflict HM831-901 (social change); HV6430-6433.88 (terrorism)



Article & Journal Databases

Databases are structured sets of information, stored in print or online. Often, databases are online collections of journal article citations and full-text. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject heading, authors, and more.

International Political Science Abstracts.
Provides non-evaluative abstracts of political science journals from around the world. Abstracts are grouped according to broad general topics and are accessible through a subject index. Most abstracts are in English, but some are in French.

Peace Research Abstracts Journal. 1964-.
This journal contains abstracts of books, journal articles, and conference proceedings dealing with arms control, disarmament, international security, military affairs and peace issues. Includes subject and author index.

Web of Knowledge . 1955-.
An interdisciplinary index to academic literature. Identifies articles in science, social science, and arts and humanities, and the articles that cite them. Indexes the top journals in most academic fields, providing complete bibliographic information and full length author abstracts. Search for articles on a particular topic, or search for articles that have cited a known article. All of an article's references are listed and can be used to search for related articles with common citations. Composed of three databases that can be searched together or individually: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index Expanded, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index Expanded.

UNDOC: Current Index. 1979-.
Index Tables Succeeded UNDEX as the U.N. index in 1978. UNDOC includes all United Nations materials except restricted, internal, CD-ROM internal, press and conference room papers. It contains Official Records; republished documents; language tables; new document series symbols; current periodicals; maps; lists of documents by symbol and series and sales numbers; as well as, subject, author, and title indexes. See United Nations guide for more information. 




Directories are a list of organization,groups,people,places or other data systematically arranged often alphabetically or by location. 

The Access Resource Guide: An International Directory of Information on War, Peace, and Security. 1988.
This directory and guide provides information on over 600 organizations related to war and peace. In addition to address information, the resources of the institution, including publications are listed. Also included is whether the organization has staff available to answer questions.

Directory Guide of European Security and Defense Research. 1985.
Contains information and reference material on over two hundred research centers in 19 European countries. This directory gives the addresses and specialties of these institutes, allowing scholars to contact research centers of interest to them.

Extremist Groups: Information for Students. 2 vols. 2006.
This two volume set provides facts and insights into the history, philosophy, and motivations driving 150 extremist organizations. Arranged alphabetically by group name, each entry is divided into sections which include an overview, history, philosophy and tactics, leadership, key events, other perspectives, summary and sources. Some entries also contain cross-referencing to additional material. Each volume in the set also includes a list of sources consulted, a glossary and an index.

International Defense Directory. 1984-.
Lists suppliers of military equipment and services world-wide and procurement organizations within each defense contractor. This publication is the major directory for the international defense industry.

Jane's Space Directory. 1993-.
This directory covers every aspect of the space industry. Detailed information about national space programs is provided. The bulk of the work is devoted to detailing specific pieces of equipment, providing technical information about each piece. Contact information for corporations involved in the space industry is provided.

Key Guide to Information Sources in Strategic Studies. 1994.
This guide is arranged in three parts. Part I gives an overview of the field of strategic studies, providing the current and historical debates and the scope of the discipline. Part II provides an annotated bibliography of key reference sources. Part III is a list of selected organizations with contact information.

The Nuclear Weapons Industry. 1984.
A guide to both the private and government sectors of nuclear weapons production. The strategic implications of the arrangement of the systems are analyzed, as are twenty-six companies involved in the nuclear field.

Search for Security: the Access Guide to Foundations in Peace, Security, and International Relations. 1989.
A guide to 158 foundations that fund research in the fields of peace and security. Detailed information is given about each organization, including a brief history, application guidelines, and financial data.

Understanding Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control: A Guide to the Issues. 1991.
A guide to understanding arms control issues. Information in this book was assembled from documents published by the U.S. Government and other unclassified materials. Provides a balanced presentation of the issues.

World Directory of Peace Research and Training Institutions, 8th Ed.
Prepared by the UNESCO Social and Human Sciences 1994, Documentation Centre. 1994.Arranged by country, this source gives contact information on peace research institutions around the world. Indexes provide access by organization name and subject.



Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks

Background information can be found in reference sources, online or in print, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. Dictionaries contain brief definitions, usually only a sentence or two in length. Encyclopedias provide more in-depth description, usually a few paragraphs in length. Handbooks contain descriptions that can be multiple pages and describe the development and future of a subject.


Brassey's Multilingual Military Dictionary. 1987.
This dictionary provides translations for basic terms in the military vocabulary. The languages included are: British-English, French, Spanish. German, Russian, and Arabic. An index in each language is provided.

355.0321D561 1988  
Dictionary of Military Terms. 1988.
This is an official dictionary developed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It includes definitions of military terminology and notes for which organization the definition applies. Abbreviations and acronyms are not included. Includes some slang.

A Dictionary of Modern Defense and Strategy. 1987.
This dictionary is not as complete as others in this category, but the definitions are much longer and more detailed. Includes a guide to abbreviations.

303.62503T325e 2004  
Dictionary of Terrorism. 2004.
The preface and introduction lay down the context of the dictionary. They are followed by a list of abbreviations and acronyms. A brief conceptual map gives an idea of the activities, concepts, counter-terrorism terms, events, future, groups, ideas, and individuals that are covered in the book. The glossary gives translations of commonly used non-English terms and words in the context of terrorism. The dictionary itself provides extensive explanation of terms, people, groups, movements often providing bibliography and suggested reading where available. Within each definition all the terms and names that have their own definitions in the dictionary are in bold. A list of films and documentaries and a list of websites are provided after the dictionary. A brief historical timeline of terrorism, a few in the earlier centuries, provides a chronology of major terrorist events. This is followed by an index of terms.

Historical Dictionary of the Persian Gulf War 1990-1991. 1998.
Arranged in alphabetical order, this dictionary presents information about events, people, places, objects (Howitzer) and organizations that were related to the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91. At the beginning of the book, there is a section devoted to maps. These maps were taken from the U.S. Department of Defense and show not only where the Middle East is, but with the use of symbols shows the disposition and movements of military forces throughout that region during the Persian Gulf War. In addition, there is also a chronology of the events that begin as early as 1710 when the al-Sabah family arrives in Kuwait from Saudi Arabia and continues through time up until, during and after the war. There are also three useful appendices located at the end of the book. (I) Resolutions of the United Nations Security Council; (II) Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter; (III) Central Command Briefing.

359.03N68N 1988  
Naval Terms Dictionary. 1988.
This book is a guide to technical terminology and slang in the U.S. Navy. Acronyms are not included, except as they occur in full entries.

Nuclear Dictionary. 1985.
A guide to terms, events, and statistics on all aspects of nuclear weapons and nuclear war. An adequate basic reference source, but information contained should be checked with other sources for more current and detailed data.

Talking Terrorism: A Dictionary of the Loaded Language of Political Violence. 2003.
The language of terrorism is fraught with doublespeak, both on the part of those who commit acts of terror and those who fight them. With this dictionary, Herbst aims to discuss "how language defines and deforms political reality, and its implications." Coverage includes "words used to characterize individuals, groups, or countries that commit or support acts of political violence," as well as "the related language that conveys the justifications and agendas of those involved with violence." More a collection of articles on particular words than a true dictionary, this volume contains 150 main entries, with an average length of about one page per entry, with broader topics (like "Revolution" or "Zionism") receiving multi-page treatment. Entries cover definitions and etymology, and focus on the social and political contexts of usage. There are also numerous cross-reference entries. The back of the book includes a lengthy general bibliography and a combined name-subject index. Herbst notes that "this is not an exhaustive compilation, but one that is hoped to offer linguistic directions that will plunge readers into the deepest depths of the politics and ideologies of violence around the world."

909.828M583t 2002  
Terrorism 1996-2001: A Chronology. 2 vols. 2002.
This two-volume set on the subject of international terrorism is a chronology with a basic description of every violent event that 1) falls under the author's definition of terrorism and 2) occurred during the years 1996-2001. Following the introduction, incidents from 1996-2001 are enumerated, followed by updates to incidents occurring from 1969-1995. An extensive bibliography, divided by topics and approaches follows. The last quarter of volume two also contains a comprehensive index section, divided into three parts, that allows the user to search the chronology based on country and date, name, or subject.

Warfare and Armed Conflicts: A Statistical Reference to Casualty and Other Figures: 1618-1991. 1992.
This book provides references to over 680 conflicts beginning with the thirty years war in 1618 through the U.S. involvement in the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1991.


Encyclopedia of Arms Control and Disarmament. 3 vols. 1993.
This set provides comprehensive coverage of the concepts, terms, and historical events in the field of arms control. The articles are typically 15-20 pages in length, covering general concepts or regions. Annotated bibliographies are included for each entry.

Encyclopedia of the American Military: Studies of the History, Traditions, Policies, Institutions, and Roles of the Armed Forces in War and Peace. 3 vols. 1994.
Traces the development of the military arts and sciences from its beginnings in English North America. The entries are closer to thematic essays than encyclopedic lists. Each essay deals with a general topic in detail.

Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. 2 vols. 2005.
This encyclopedia provides a look at the history of intelligence and counterintelligence, with an emphasis on modern times. Entries are presented on the people, organizations, and places of primary interest and are presented alphabetically. Other features of the encyclopedia include a "Timeline of Intelligence" in the first volume, and an appendix containing excerpts from the 9/11 Commission Report in the second. An index concludes each volume.

Encyclopedia of International Peacekeeping Operations. 1999.
Provides a comprehensive reference source for information on all aspects of the theory and practice of peacekeeping in the contemporary world. A significant portion of the book provides an account of United Nations (UN) operations and also includes missions such as those conducted by Russia and the CIS territories of the former Soviet Union and the NATO-led operations in the former Yugoslavia. Context about the nature of the relevant conflict is provided to introduce the description of operations undertaken. Sources of information include the UN Department of Public Information and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Includes maps, bibliographies and a subject index.

Encyclopedia of Terrorism. 2003.
This work provides a comprehensive overview of terrorism and terrorists throughout the world. In detailed entries arranged alphabetically and cross-referenced, this volume explores the key people, events, and organizations within the subject. It also includes a subject index and several valuable appendices, including maps and locations of terrorist activities, a list of websites for further study, and a chronology of terrorist events.

Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace & Conflict. 3 vols. 1999.
This three volume reference work is designed to organize the existing information relating to the categories appearing in its title. The work's declared purpose is to bring together in one place a broad range of information and perspectives on violence, peace, and conflict, in order to increase the readers' common understanding of such issues, and to promote new research, insights, and better public policies. Arranged alphabetically by subject, essays are fairly extensive and conclude with see also references, bibliography, journals and periodicals germane to the topic of the essay, and a list of internet sites that might be of interest to the researcher. Topic include military and peace sciences, social and biological studies, as well as humanities. The user's research is facilitated by two introductory chapters: contents by subject area; and guide to the encyclopedia.

Encyclopedia of World Terrorism. 2 vols. 2003.
A two-volume set, the first covers terrorism from 1996-2002. The first part of this volume offers an extensive coverage of the September 11, 2002 attacks in the United States as well as America's response to those attacks. It also looks at individuals and organizations that played major roles around those events. The next section looks at Global terrorism by geographical region and country. The final section looks at individual, groups, and their methods and aims. Appendix and index offer a chronology of major terrorist events, directory of terrorist groups and organizations, bibliography and subject index. Volume two includes documents related to terrorism: historical development of; international conventions, resolutions, protocols and treaties to combat terrorism; documents relating to "Homeland Defense"; declarations and manifestos of terrorist organizations; and a small section on documents of domestic terrorism. The appendix and index include a chronology of major terrorist events form 1945-2002, a glossary of terms and a general index.

Encyclopedia of Youth and War: Young People as Participants and Victims. 2000.
The Thirty Years' War (1618-1648) was the first time in history that civilian casualties exceeded military casualties and thus had a significant impact on children and families. This is an appropriate beginning for the Encyclopedia of Youth and War: Young People as Participants and Victims. Organized alphabetically by topic, this work's scope is wide-ranging and deals with all aspects of war as it has effected youth the world over since the end of the Renaissance. It includes an extensive bibliography and index.

The Soviet Military Encyclopedia. 4 vols. 1993.
This is an abridged translation of the original Russian-language encyclopedia. It provides insight into the history, organization and conduct of the Soviet military. Entries are written from the Soviet perspective.

A Study of Crisis. 1997.
This work undertakes a comparative study of 31 'protracted' conflicts, nearly 400 non-protracted conflicts, and nearly 900 state actors, covering the years 1918-1994. Part I presents the framework, which integrates the analysis of conflict at the international (system) and state (actor) levels; Part II elaborates the comparative methodology; Part III lays out summaries of the case studies, which are each assigned a number (non-running). Especially useful in Part III are the extensive cross-referencing and the Master Table of Crises, 1918-1994. In Part IV, the authors discuss seven themes in the analysis of conflict: polarity, geography, ethnicity, democracy, protracted conflict, violence, and third-party intervention. There is a bibliography for the Preface and Parts I, II, and IV, but a separate list of sources for the case study data in Part III (including general, primary, and secondary sources). Finally, there are name and subject indexes.


Armies of NATO's Central Front. 1985.
Capabilities, deployments, and tactics of NATO's forces in Central Europe are detailed in this book. Each nation's army is analyzed for its possible contributions in a war on European soil. Excellent illustrations, photographs and tables of organization are featured. A counterpart to Weapons and Tactics of the Soviet Army.

Arms Control Fact Book. 1985.
This book includes an examination of the international arms control system, an analysis of world organizations dealing with arms control and disarmament, and general data on arms control.

Arms Control Handbook: A Guide to the History, Arsenals, and Issues of U.S.-Soviet Negotiations. 1987.
This work, written from a conservative viewpoint, intends to prove that past arms control efforts have led to a Soviet advantage. Despite this perspective, the book contains useful information on negotiating chronologies and the strategic balance.

Border and Territorial Disputes. 3rd ed. 1992.
Traces current border and territorial disputes world-wide. Eighty present or potential situations are studied and presented. Particularly helpful in describing historical antecedents of current disputes.

Nuclear Arms Control: Background and Issues. 1985.
An historical overview of arms control proposals. Presents opposing points of view without taking extreme arguments. Includes texts of the agreements between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Peacekeeper's Handbook. 1984.
A product of the International Peacekeeping Academy, this book is a ready-reference for planning and executing peace-keeping operations.

355.60947Is1W 1988 
Weapons and Tactics of the Soviet Army. Rev. ed. 1988.
A valuable resource on the Soviet army's operations and equipment. The operating details, doctrine, and tactics are examined from each level of command. Equipment descriptions include essays as well as statistics.




Bibliographies are lists of citations of books, websites, journals, articles, and other resources about a specific subject. Bibliographies can appear at the end of a book, journal, or encyclopedia article, or as a separate publication. 

The American Peace Movement: References and Resources. 1991.
This guide covers three centuries of American peace activism. Chapters provide information about the essential reference sources for topics such as Leaders and Thinkers, General Histories, Women and Peace and Peace Education. An appendix lists selected peace research organizations.

Arms Control and Disarmament, Defense and Military, International Security, and Peace: An Annotated Guide to Sources. 1989.
A guide to annuals, yearbooks, bibliographies, data books, handbooks, source books, dictionaries, digests, hearings, journals, newsletters, papers, monographs, and a variety of other materials on the subject matters. All entries are annotated, and most items are available at the University of Illinois.

The Atomic Papers: A Citizen's Guide to Selected Books and Articles on the Bomb, the Arms Race, Nuclear Power, the Peace Movement, and Related Issues. 1984.
This book is primarily a guide to books on nuclear issues published after 1945. Journal articles from 1980 onwards are included, but the coverage is not as complete.

Bibliography on International Peacekeeping. 1992.
Reference Selectively annotated bibliography of more than 1100 entries Shelves from books, reports and journals on international peace-keeping since the creation of the United Nations in 1945-46. Includes subject and author indexes and a list of relevant journals and yearbooks.

The Nuclear Present: A Guide to Recent Books on Nuclear War, Weapons, the Peace Movement, and Related Issues, with a Chronology of Nuclear Events, 1789-1991. 1992.
This work updates the Atomic Papers bibliography. It primarily focuses on books published after 1984, although some materials overlooked by the earlier bibliography are included. The chronology is extensive.

Peace and War: A Guide to Bibliographies. 1983.
An annotated bibliography of bibliographies. Covers materials from 1785 through 1980. Arranged by subject categories.

The U.S. Intelligence Community: An Annotated Bibliography. 1994.
Divided into 5 main sections: Intelligence Theory and Practice, History and Organization, Intelligence Oversight, Compilations of Documents and Bibliographies. The entries cover the period from 1945 to 1993.



Annuals & Yearbooks

Almanacs are a compilation of useful data and statistics relating to countries, personalities, events, and subjects. Yearbooks are an annual compilation of facts and statistics on a particular subject for the preceding year.

American Defense Annual. 1985-.
Studies all aspects of the U.S. defense establishment. The annual also includes appendices containing a defense chronology, a summary of U.S. defense commitments and an annotated bibliography of defense literature. 

Asian Security. Compiled by the Research Institute for Peace and Security. 1986-.
This yearbook provides a review of the major economic, political, and foreign policy events of the previous year. United States and Russian activities are discussed as they relate to Asia. 

355 L8511965 
The Military Balance.
International Institute for Strategic Studies. Military power and defense expenditures for countries worldwide are covered in this annual, quantitative assessment. Quantities of equipment and personnel are provided in detail. Published by the IISS, this is the definitive source of its type.

SIPRI Yearbook. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 1968-.
Provides an analysis of recent trends in military expenditures and an account of attempts at arms control and disarmament. Arms production and the worldwide arms industry are documented.

The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook. Centre for Disarmament Affairs. 1976-.
Contains a review of the main developments and negotiations in the field of disarmament. A brief history of major issues is included. Relevant United Nations documents and resolutions are reproduced.

War Annual. 1986-.
Provides information on every war taking place within the year of publication. Each war's background, direction, conduct, and possible conclusion are analyzed and supported with the most up-to-date information available. Includes maps and illustrations.

World Military and Social Expenditures. 1976-.
This report compares world spending priorities. Expenditures on areas such as public health and education are contrasted with the budget for military expenditures.



Jane's Annuals

The Jane's Information Group publishes a number of reference books which detail all types of weapon systems and military equipment. Each entry contains the vital statistics of the item, background and in most cases line drawings and/or photographs. These books are industry standards. 

Jane's All the World's Aircraft. 1909.

Jane's Armour and Artillery.1985.

Jane's Avionics. 1985.

Jane's Fighting Ships. 1908.

Jane's Infantry Weapons. 1975.

Jane's Land-Based Air Defense. 1989.

Jane's Military Communications. 1986.

Jane's Military Vehicles and Logistics. 1991.

Jane's Space Directory. 2007.

Q. 358.8 J2531b
Jane's Space Systems and Industry. 2012.